PH court punishes 12 Vietnamese with 6-month jail term

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A Philippine court sentenced 12 Vietnamese men to 6 months in jail and fined them $100,000 for illegal fishing. Arrested on March 21 with a boatload of sharks just off the western island of Palawan, the fishermen pleaded guilty last week. If the 12 cannot pay the fine, the equivalent of more than $8,000 each and a huge sum for such fishermen, the judge could add more time to their sentence. But in similar cases in the past, foreign fishermen caught in Philippine waters were allowed to go free after serving their sentences without paying the fine, he said.

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